The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced the players who have been elected to the ITF World Tennis Tour Player Panels. The panels will provide a forum for players to provide their input on various matters related to how the ITF Tour is run.
Elections for the panels were held between 28th May and 10th June. The players elected to the men's panel include Jose Bendeck, Ti Chen, Niki Kalayanda Poonacha, Juan Pablo Paz, Aldin Sektic, Francesco Vilardo.
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The women's panel will include Akgul Amanmuradova, Ines Ibbou, Petra Januskova, Yuliana Lizarazo, Tara Moore, Conny Perrin and Olivia Tjandramulia.
Among the notable players on the women's panel are Ines Ibbou, who recently came into the spotlight after she highlighted the struggles of lower ranked players in a video post on social media that caught the attention of several tennis players and also the Algerian government, who have agreed to help her career financially.
Tara Moore, of Great Britain, is the other player who also highlighted how many players were not given access to information about the player relief funds, tour resumption, and tentative schedules which were restricted to only a few players.
The players who have been elected now will serve on the term until the end of the 2021 season and post that, the elected players will sit for two-year terms. The men’s tennis panel will be chaired by Australian doubles legend Mark Woodforde whereas the women’s tennis panel will be chaired by two-time Grand Slam singles champion Mary Pierce.
There will also be a coach who will be appointed to both the men's and women's panels. As part of their efforts, the panels will advise and make recommendations to the ITF World Tennis Tour Committee, who in turn reports to the ITF Board of Directors.
David Haggerty, the President of the ITF, commented, "We are thrilled that so many players on the ITF World Tennis Tour were involved with the player panel election process. As part of our ITF2024 strategy, the ITF is committed to improving our communication with athletes at all levels across the world.
We look forward to working with the elected members of the player panels to ensure that players’ opinions are at the forefront when making decisions about the World Tennis Tour”.